Charolais the toast of WALSA sale

Sally Hincks and Bob GarnantCountryman

With its $9000 top price, the Charolais breed again stole the show at this year's supreme bull sale at Brunswick last week.

This makes it the second consecutive year the breed has found such favour with those attending the WA Livestock Salesmen's Association (WALSA) and The Farm Weekly bull sale in the Alan Evans complex.

What's more, the $9000 top price was paid twice for two bulls of the 16 offered by Peter Milton from his Copplestone stud at Waterloo.

First to go at that price was Copplestone Freight Train, bought by Tom, Pat and Jamie O'Byrne of Quindalup who have bought from the Miltons before, using their bulls over between 180 and 200 Hereford-Friesian and Angus-Friesian cows.

The calves go to Dardanup Butchers and the O'Byrnes like the Charolais breed for its growth and weight factors.

The January 2010-drop Freight Train had the good figures of +17 (200 day), +32 (400 day) and +43 (600 day).

The other $9000 bull was Copplestone Finally, bought by Kingston Rest of Boyanup, regular buyers of Copplestone bulls, said Landmark's Chris Waddingham, who bought the bull on behalf of Kingston Rest.

The long, January 2010-drop Finally had a low birth weight of -0.5 and weighed 792kg.

It was a full clearance for Copplestone, the only one at the sale (for more than two bulls offered by a single stud).

Peter Milton said his $5500 average was the stud's best ever.

The two Wundam Glen bulls offered by David Corker both sold to a $5000 top price and three Bellevue Charolais bulls sold to a $6000 top, the second best price in this category. <em/>

_Hereford _

Herefords were first to be offered where the $8000 top price was paid for Rob and Heather Francis' Yallaroo First F1.

The remarkably quiet First was a January 2010-drop bull, had 100 per cent eye pigmentation and was long, dark red and weighed 951kg.

He was bought by repeat buyers Richard and Carol Smith of the Ingleby Pastoral Company, Milbrulong, NSW.

First's EBVs included +28 (200 day), +45 (400 day) +62 (600 day).

The second top-priced bull was the Milton's Copplestone Full Bodied, a deep polled bull that fetched $5000.

Full Bodied was reserve junior champion bull at the Perth Royal Show last year and he was bought by Yandilla Grazing Co. of Many Peaks.

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_Blonde d'Aquitaine _

Gerald Bergsma's Amaroo Blondes were first to be offered and his Amaroo Force at $7750 was the top-priced bull in this category.

His birth weight of 38kg (making him a safe heifer bull) was appreciated by KA & TB Grima of Mullewa.

Force was semen tested and the Bergsmas sold him on a three-quarter share and full possession basis - an indication of how highly they think of the bull.

The Grimas also bought Amaroo Ferrari (another 38kg birth weight bull) for $5750.

Both Force and Ferrari were heifers' calves.

The second top-priced bull was another Force - Uranongo Force, a polled bull that fetched $7500 and was bought by SP Knapp of Many Peaks.

Brian Schneider's two Corolin bulls were bought for $4000 and $3500.

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_Simmental _

Brad and Sylvia Patterson's Bullock Hills Freightliner (ET) topped this group. He was bought at $7750 by Landmark's Chris Waddingham on behalf of Amana Valley Farms, Donnybrook.

Amana Valley's Dean Taffe has been in Donnybrook for three years after relocating from York and puts Simmental bulls over Red Angus cows.

AE & SM Muir of Manjimup paid $5750 - the Pattersons' second-best price - for Bullock Hills Freight Train, plus $3000 for Bullock Hills Fracture.

The group's second-top price of $6000 was paid for David and Audrey Weightman's Topweight Fulcrum.

He was bought by Acton Park Grazing of Acton Park.

Sam Weightman's Seven Brooks Ferrari fetched $5250 and was bought by Jarrahlea, of Boyup Brook, while Mubarn Firecracker was bought for $3500 by Blythewood Pastoral, of Pinjarra.

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_Murray Grey _

Two Warrel Murray Grey bulls were bought for $3000 each, with Landmark's Wayne Hams buying on behalf of J & S Fredericks of Bridgetown and another Bridgetown client.

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_Angus _

Top price in this category was $5750 and paid for John and Matt Kitchen's 880kg and long-bodied Carenda Performer F4. The buyer was Wes Graham of Esperance, who also bought Carenda Dateline F1, an ET twin son of Vermilion Dateline 7078 USA and Carenda Casino F22, for $3000.

Performer's EBVs included +48 (200 day), +89 (400 day) and +107 (600 day).

Black Market Angus offered and sold one bull, Vermont Dreamline E485, with the buyer being Prenton Park Co of Capel. The 952kg bull was a September 2009-drop calf.

Henry Strating's Superior Blacks Angus stud offered Superior Grande F02 (by a Temania sire) with the buyer being Generation Pastoral Co. Buying on their behalf was Landmark's Kim Goad.

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_Limousin _

Top price in the Limousin offering was $4500 for Morrisvale Freight Train and paid by Julen Hills of Donnybrook.

Shannalea sold two bulls, Electra for $4250 and Far Out for $4000, while Coolbeenie sold Coolbeenie Freud for $3500.

_Supreme sale comments _

Elders stud and commercial cattle manager Darren Chatley said buyers were very selective with the quality bulls selling very well.

"There was less interest in the lesser bulls and that was across most breeds. Registration was very good - and widespread," he said.

Landmark auctioneer John Wirth said there were always ups and downs at multibreed and multivendor sales.

"The presentation was very good and given the cattle market, buyers were selective," he said.

WALSA Supreme Bull Sale * <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left">BREED/STUD </td> <td>OFFERED </td> <td>SOLD </td> <td>TOP PRICE </td> <td>AVERAGE </td> </tr> <tr> <td>HEREFORD </td> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>Yallaroo </td> <td>5 </td> <td>4 </td> <td>$8000 </td> <td>$4625 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Copplestone </td> <td>2 </td> <td>2 </td> <td>$5000 </td> <td>$4750 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Westhaven </td> <td>5 </td> <td>- </td> <td>- </td> <td>- </td> </tr> <tr> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>BLONDE D'AQUITAINE </td> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>Amaroo Blondes </td> <td>12 </td> <td>9 </td> <td>$7750 </td> <td>$5000 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sunnyside </td> <td>1 </td> <td>1 </td> <td>$4000 </td> <td>$4000 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Superior Blondes </td> <td>4 </td> <td>1 </td> <td>$3000 </td> <td>$3000 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Weeronga </td> <td>1 </td> <td>- </td> <td>- </td> <td>- </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Uranongo </td> <td>1 </td> <td>1 </td> <td>$7500 </td> <td>$7500 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Corolin Blondes </td> <td>3 </td> <td>2 </td> <td>$4000 </td> <td>$3750 </td> </tr> <tr> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>CHAROLAIS </td> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>Blaweary </td> <td>1 </td> <td>- </td> <td>- </td> <td>- </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Copplestone </td> <td>16 </td> <td>16 </td> <td>$9000(2) </td> <td>$5500 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Bellevue </td> <td>5 </td> <td>3 </td> <td>$6000 </td> <td>$4083 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Wundam Glen </td> <td>2 </td> <td>2 </td> <td>$5000 </td> <td>$4500 </td> </tr> <tr> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>SIMMENTAL </td> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>Bullock Hills </td> <td>15 </td> <td>10 </td> <td>$7750 </td> <td>$4150 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Topweight </td> <td>3 </td> <td>2 </td> <td>$6000 </td> <td>$5500 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Seven Brooks </td> <td>1 </td> <td>1 </td> <td>$5250 </td> <td>$5250 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Mubarn </td> <td>3 </td> <td>1 </td> <td>$3500 </td> <td>$3500 </td> </tr> <tr> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>MURRAY GREY </td> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>Warrel </td> <td>3 </td> <td>2 </td> <td>$3000(2) </td> <td>$3000 </td> </tr> <tr> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>ANGUS </td> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>Black Market </td> <td>1 </td> <td>1 </td> <td>$4500 </td> <td>$4500 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Carenda </td> <td>11 </td> <td>7 </td> <td>$5750 </td> <td>$3714 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jutland </td> <td>1 </td> <td>- </td> <td>- </td> <td>- </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Superior Blacks </td> <td>1 </td> <td>1 </td> <td>$4500 </td> <td>$4500 </td> </tr> <tr> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>RED ANGUS </td> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>Grace Park </td> <td>1 </td> <td>- </td> <td>- </td> <td>- </td> </tr> <tr> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>LIMOUSIN </td> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>Shannalea </td> <td>2 </td> <td>2 </td> <td>$4250 </td> <td>$4000 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Morrisvale </td> <td>1 </td> <td>1 </td> <td>$4500 </td> <td>$4500 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Coolbeenie </td> <td>1 </td> <td>1 </td> <td>$3500 </td> <td>$3500 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Terrikye </td> <td>1 </td> <td>- </td> <td>- </td> <td>- </td> </tr> <tr> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>SOUTH DEVON </td> <td/> <td/> <td/> <td/> </tr> <tr> <td>Grace Glen </td> <td>1 </td> <td>- </td> <td>- </td> <td>- </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

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